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Pre-start preparations
IR 2012 ready to start!
Today, the Spanish campground La Garrofa was unusually full, as the participants of the Intercontinental Rally gather at the start. Most of the day was taken up by technical and document inspection as well as marking of the competition vehicles with race decals. The prologue comprised of a single 100 pt control point at...
Stage 1 ( Almeria - Guercif)
IR2012 hurtles to Taurirt (EN, FR, CZ)
The first stage of this year’s rally took the competitors into the bivouac in Taourirt. The 105km long prologue tested for the first time the navigational abilities of the crews who all easily earned the full allotment of 100 points for crossing the check point in the Almeria harbor. Tomorrow we start...
Stage 2 ( Guercif - Merzouga)
IR 2012 Spectacular and challenging stage (EN, FR, CZ)
Long, difficult and absolutely spectacular second stage! Starting into the bitter cold desert air the bikers suffered a lot in the early morning hours. The special was in some places very technical and there were some early mechanical problems and few minor mishaps. As we are down for the...
Stage 3 (Merzouga - Mhamid)
Stage 3 Merzouga – M’Hamid (EN, FR, CZ)
The 3rd stage along a traditional Dakar route provided for a memorable outing. Early in the stage the crews had to choose between navigating a tricky rocky section or avoid it by crossing a sandy ridge. Team Portside's Unimog had to be pulled out from the deep sand by a near by military unit. Later in...
Stage 4 (Mhamid - Tata)
Sand and rocks! (EN, FR, CZ)
Today's stage was a little shorter than typical but it made up for it in difficulty. Later 10 o'clock start gave the crews a welcome rest and an opportunity for vehicle maintenance. The fesh section early on brought on frantic digging by many teams and shovels and winches did not stop until the afternoon. At...
Stage 5 (Tata – Fort Bou Jerif)
Atlantic ocean at sight (EN, FR, CZ)
Narrow gorges and steep mountain sides dominated the 5th stage as we crossed the Atlas mountains and descent towards the Atlantic coast. Tire punctures and technical breakdowns due to the rocky terrain kept the rally technical assistance team for most of the day. The racing, especially amongst motorbikes,...
Stage 6 (Fort Bou Jerif - Layoune)
Stage 6 Fort Bou Jeriff - Laayoune (EN, FR, CZ)
It seems this year the physical punishment just will not stop. Another day, another draining stage.
The day started with the crossing of the legendary Plage Blanche, a remote 50 km long beach battered by the waves and winds of the Atlantic Ocean. Rising tide meant that the dry part of the beach was soft and the going was tougher than expected. The bikes were squirmy and cars overheated easily as they struggled to keep pace along the waterline. Once off the beach the stage continued over a network of rocky path used to carry supplies into coastal fishing camps. Navigational mistakes proved to be costly as at least one rider drowned their bike in a river estuary. Next the caravan had to make some distance to move close to the city of Laayoune. But even the pavement provided no respite for the weary crews as the gail force side wind was relentless and the road was covered in sand drifts. Finally another 130 km long off road section made sure everyone was running on empty by the time they reached the bivouac. The motorbike race standings changed significantly as two of the leaders dropped out due to exhaustion and injuries.
Prior to the evening meeting the "Lite" rally winners were handed their rewards and lively celebration lasted well into the night.
Tomorrow's stage is composed of a long liaison and a short special section. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and the competitors will be able to cover the day at a more relaxed pace.

Etape FBJ-Laayoune :
La Plage Blanche ! Le départ de la spéciale est donné du bivouac à Fort Bou Jerif. Dès 7h30, les premiers s’élancent et descendent vers la plage, éloignée de 10 km. La marée sera haute à 11h00, donc il ne faut pas trainer. Le sable est porteur que l’année dernière, mais il n’y aura aucun regret. Puis il faut remonter vers les plateaux du bord de l’océan ou les pistes nombreuses nous emmèneront 150km plus loin en empruntant des paysages variés. Les oueds qui se succèdent mettent de l’animation en cassant le rythme rapide imposé. La navigation départagera les meilleurs. Beaucoup de pistes parallèles rendent les choix difficiles.
La spéciale TT est en 2 parties, A la fin de la 1ere partie, le chronométrage fige les pénalités temps pour aujourd’hui. Un vent très violent soulève de gros nuages de sables. Un participant moto fera « un plongeon » dans une mare, il faudra l’aide d’un 4x4 pour l’en sortir, puis il s’avèrera nécessaire de vider le haut moteur de l’eau ingurgitée.
Il restera ensuite quelques dizaines de kms sur goudron avant de commencer la 2eme partie TT de la journée. Le bivouac est situé au bord d’un lac salé asseché, et les participants pourront ensuite assister à la remise des prix de la version « courte / lite » de l’épreuve.
Pour la majorité, le parcours les emmène jusqu’à Dakar, et il faut vite préparer les véhicules pour la suite des évènements.

Pláž Blanche pokořena, IR 2012 dorazila do Laayoune!
Jako by náročné etapy nebraly konce! Start 6. etapy z kempu ve Fort Bou-Jerife zavedl závodníky na legendární pláž Blanche. Na padesát kilometrů dlouhý úsek podél atlantického oceánu stál jezdce všech kategorií spoustu sil. Písek na pláži je nevyzpytatelný, motorka sebou hází ze strany na stranu a autům šplhal ukazatel teploty motoru do červených polí.
I přes komplikace se ale všichni přes pláž úspěšně dostali a mohli navázat na druhou část měřeného úseku dnešní etapy. Vzpomínat na ni také Michal Pěkný z teamu Running moto CZ, který v závěrečném brodu zaplul s motorkou až po prsa do vody a se strojem mu muselo z vody pomoct asistenční auto. Michal je připravený pracovat na motorce celou noc, aby mohl zítra nastoupit do sedmé etapy.
Před večerní rozpravou byly vyhlášené výsledky Lite kategorie, tedy závodníků, kteří končí soutěžní část právě v Laayoune. V kategorii Cars Race dojeli na druhém místě Feel moto Portugal (Pedro Gomez, Sergia Pinto), vítězství vezou domů s náskokem téměř 2000bodů VYPE racing team CZ (Ludvík Pek, Pavel Vyoral). Druhá vyhlašovaná kategorie byla Adventure Moto, třetí místo obsadil Eric Burel z teamu GS-GSA 2FR (300b., čas 41:45min), druhé místo Denis Bourguignon z teamu Offroad GS FR (300b., čas 41:33min), nejrychlejší byk Pascal Portes z GS team FR (300b., 38:42min).
Zítřejší etapa začíná 405km dlouhým přejezdem, samotná měřená část je dlouhá 135 km a časový limit je 3 hodiny. První ze dvou kontrolních bodů je legendární vrak lodi, známý z minulého ročníku. Sledujte další aktuality z příštího bivaku v Daklha.

Stage 7 (Layoune - Daklha)
Finally an easier stage (EN, FR, CZ)
Finally a stage with a shorter and easier off road section! The caravan proceeded on the blacktop south towards the city of Dakhla with a special section on flat, wind swept plains short distance from the bivouac. The easy terrain perhaps relaxed the concentration of one of the riders a little too much as...
Stage 8 (Daklha - Nouadhibou)
Crossing the Mauritanian border (EN, FR)
A liaison stage to cross the Morocco-Mauritanian border. Thanks to advanced preparation by the organization, the border crossing went extremely smoothly, and everyone got across within an hour. The short drive across the mined no-man's land strip reminded everyone the importance of good way points as...
Stage 9 (Nouadhibou - Nouakchott)
Sandstorm strikes (EN, FR, CZ)
After several days of high winds and blinding sandstorms forced us to forgo Atar and instead head to Nouakchott the special followed last year's course. To extend the range of the motorbikes to cover the 500km distance through some very remote coastal regions the rally team set up a refueling station around the...
Stage 10 (Nouakchott - Nouakchott)
Nouakchott (EN, FR, CZ)
Another improvised stage to replace the two stages originally planned for the Atar region. The stage was relatively straightforward on very fast pistes with a massive dune at the finish. Due to the long liaison the car teams decided to forego the stage and the bikes raced on their own. There was one notable departure on...
Stage 12 (St.Louis – St.Louis)
Savannah (EN, CZ)
This stage provided an introduction to the navigational challenges of the Senegalese Savannah. Everyone exercised caution as we raced near many small villages with curious children and ignorant goats everywhere. The short liaison provided for a memorable outing, and as the moon rose over the bivouac the excitement of reaching...
Stage 13 (St.Louis - Dakar)
Almost there (EN, FR, CZ)
As unreal as it feels at the moment we have reached our final destination! Lac Rose welcomed the Rally in all it's glory, glowing pink-purple in the afternoon sun. The penultimate stage featured sandy trails in the shadow of ancient baobab trees, through rural villages and bustling towns. The last 50 km was along a...
Stage 14 (Dakar - Lac Rose)
The moment of glory (EN, FR, CZ)
The moment of glory has arrived when all the pain and suffering is forgotten and the sense of accomplishment starts to settle in. After more than 5000 km and 13 days of full on racing the Rally has reached the finish line on the shores of Lac Rose, stone throw distance from Dakar and the westmost point of...
The Final Ceremony
Big thank you to all the participants, our families and all the fans who followed us on our journey across western Africa. See you next year!
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